# A pyramid from a square

Given a square piece of paper. Cut it into 4 pieces that could be used to create a right angle pyramid - the 4 pieces are the faces of the pyramid.

• What's the definition of a right angle pyramid? Jul 12, 2019 at 8:52
• I assume the question means a right pyramid, rather than right angled. A right pyramid has the apex directly above the centre of the base. Jul 12, 2019 at 12:04
• No. Use this definition: " A right-angled pyramid has its apex above an edge or vertex of the base. In a tetrahedron these qualifiers change based on which face is considered the base" and the requirement is - apes above a vertex.
– Moti
Jul 12, 2019 at 15:00
• @Moti The pyramid in our solutions is a right-angled pyramid then. If you consider any of the right-angled triangles as the base, the apex will lie above one of the vertices of the base. Jul 12, 2019 at 16:21
• I am seeking a solution where three faces are perpendicular to each other - three edges are along the cartesian axes and 4 faces (I think your solution contains a face that is not a piece of the cut)
– Moti
Jul 12, 2019 at 16:33

I think you could make cuts as follows so that $$a$$ and $$b$$ are the midpoints of the sides of the square.

Then, the three triangles surrounding the central triangle can be folded up along their adjoining edges to create a pyramid.

• I edited the puzzle to reflect the requirement for a right angle pyramid. Hope I am not disappointing you since you have a nice solution.
– Moti
Jul 12, 2019 at 6:54
• I think your solution uses an additional face that is not part of the cuts.
– Moti
Jul 12, 2019 at 16:34
• @Moti There are four triangles in the picture. Those are the four faces, why would I need another one? Jul 12, 2019 at 16:37
• @Moti, if we use the small triangle as the base, we could label the coordinates of this pyramid in three-space as (0,0,0), (1,0,0), (0,1,0) and (0,0,2). This is exactly what you've described in your comment. Jul 12, 2019 at 16:40
• You are right and I am accepting your solution
– Moti
Jul 12, 2019 at 17:15